WASHINGTON, DC--Phyllis Piano, former CCO at Amgen, has joined APCO Worldwide's International Advisory Council (IAC) as a senior counselor.

Piano was VP of corporate communications and philanthropy at Amgen, the world's largest biotechnology company. She also served as a member of the Amgen Foundation board of directors.

Prior to joining Amgen, Piano was VP of public affairs at Cooper Industries. She later became VP of corporate affairs and communications for Raytheon Company.

Piano began her career in the medical-systems business of General Electric. Throughout her 17-year tenure with the company, she held multiple leadership roles in communication, public relations and philanthropy.

"Phyllis brings 30 years of experience in the medical equipment, biotechnology, defense and electronics industries that will significantly strengthen APCO's strong bench of expertise in the high-technology sector," said APCO CEO and founder Margery Kraus.

"Her deep understanding of global corporate communication and reputation management will be a valuable resource to our clients who are looking to enter new markets and strategically engage with stakeholders around the world."